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John Kavanagh reveals Conor McGregor did want Malignaggi fight

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Despite Conor McGregor suffering defeat on his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather just over a month ago, there would have been plenty hoping it isn't the last time the Irishman steps into the squared circle.

In the weeks and months prior to McGregor big bout, the UFC star engaged in a fierce rivalry with Paulie Malignaggi which at times, threatened to overshadow the main event.

Malignaggi walked out of McGregor's training camp after just two sparring sessions and they have been arguing ever since.

Some thought a McGregor-Malignaggi clash would be on the cards almost as soon as the final punch was thrown by Mayweather in the tenth round last month.

Following the general success - excluding the result obviously - of his first cross-over, you could hardly blame McGregor if he wanted to cash in on another bitter feud.

The 29-year-old's coach John Kavanagh has revealed the Irish fighter was eager to settle his differences with Malignaggi - but with a twist.

Rather than take on another retired American in the ring, McGregor's desire was to return to his more familiar surroundings of the octagon.

"Conor wanted that,” Kavanagh told MMA Fighting.

“He said to me, ‘Let’s get him in the Octagon’, and I said that there was no way that he would fight in MMA. You’ve got to be able to prove yourself in the arena.

“When Conor wanted a boxing license they could look at the Diaz 2 fight where there was more or less 25 minutes of boxing. Why would Paulie go to MMA? He’d never go to MMA.

“Now, Conor could tweet now and say ‘I’m fighting Paulie Malignaggi’, and I guess I would be wrong then.”

If you thought Mayweather-McGregor was one-sided, surely a UFC headliner of McGregor-Malignaggi would be a complete landslide.

No doubt, there would still be plenty of McGregor fans more than willing to part with their cash to see it happen, though.

Kavanagh was also heavily critical of Malignaggi's willingness to discuss what had happened during the training camp and accused him of being disrespectful.

He added: “It wasn’t just general stuff explaining how he was part of the camp. He had to go back to New York to do some promotion for the Andre Ward fight, and straightaway he was disrespecting (McGregor’s) power.

“He was saying this and that, and I was thinking, ‘What are you doing, you have to come back here and spar Conor in seven days?’

“This guy is a former world champion, he should know that you should keep your mouth shut until the fight is over – then write a book, then do fifty interviews.”

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Floyd Mayweather
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